After signing with the Oilers just two months ago as a free agent, Andrew Ference has been named the 14th captain in franchise history.

While Edmonton is certainly happy with the 34-year-old leading their young team, Ference’s former club is also glad to hear the news. Claude Julien thought the veteran defenseman had an opportunity to become a captain once he signed with the Oilers, citing his leadership skills, the way he carries himself on and off the ice and “what he does for a hockey team.”

Julien sent his former player a text congratulating him on the news, saying he was incredibly “deserving” of the honor.

Check out the above video to hear more from Julien.